Stanley Turrentine

Do You Have Any Sugar?

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Stanley Turrentine still has a sweeter sound than any other saxophonist, even at the age of 65. It's a joy to hear him play, even when the material is a little faceless and the sound is a little too smooth, as it is on Do You Have Any Sugar? Since Turrentine is a fine musician, there are moments to cherish scattered throughout the record -- the spare, soulful ballad "Far Too Little Love" or the R&B groove of "Back in the Day" or the bluesy "2 RBs," for instance -- but it often veers too close to smooth jazz territory, especially when vocalist Niki Harris takes the center stage; she is a fine vocalist, but the style of the music becomes too close to crossover jazz whenever she's on the scene. And that's the main problem with Do You Have Any Sugar?: Every time it begins to recall prime-period Turrentine, it drifts away into glossy urban crossover jazz. Aficionados will delight in certain phrases he turns out -- he remains an excellent saxophonist, after all -- but the album overall makes little impact.

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